Our primary interest is aiding Christians through financing their own micro-projects that would provide them with income to preserve their dignity and alleviate the calamities of the crisis.

The team at Hope Center reviews and evaluates the projects and the extent to which the applicant has planned for his/her idea. If accepted, the center starts providing funds for the project to initiate.

Besides aiding Christians in need, this initiative aims for reviving the city of Aleppo that has lost most of its economic structure.


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Aleppo

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Homs

Furniture Cushioning


I had a workshop for furniture cushioning in Sheikh Khder before the war, armed forces suddenly entered that area and I lost my equipment. After that I worked as a carpenter, doorkeeper, and finally in water refilling. One of my customers, when I was working as a carpenter, I met someone that also has a workshop for furniture cushioning and I was given the opportunity to work with him. I stayed in Damascus for two years, the first year my...


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Taxi


Makar is from Al-Yaacoubya village in the countryside of Aleppo. He and his parents had a house there and a land that they used to grow olives in. “we were very comfortable; our status was good”. When the armed forces entered the area they all came to the city. “on the first year we depended on our savings, then I started working in a shipping office that is owned by my friend”. He stayed working as a janitor with the...


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Car Alternator Core Winding


Before the crisis Garo used to work in repairing washing machines, it no longer provided sufficient income for him so he traveled to Armenia trying to build his future there. “That also didn’t work, and it seemed better for me to come back here to my house and take care of my mother who’s living alone”. He used to sell water and wood logs before he found work at someone’s machines windings workshop. “I was responsible of everything, that’s why...


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Supermarket


“I’m single and I live with my father and sister, my father is gravely sick and my sister can’t work because she looks after him.” They didn’t leave Aleppo at all since the crisis began 7 years ago. “I work in Aluminum crafting, it’s my main profession. I lost my job at the beginning of the war; my workshop was located on the fire lines in Midan. I started working in food distribution for charity organizations and sometimes merchants. On...


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Industrial Compressors Workshop


Razmig had a workshop for industrial compressors before the crisis in Bawabet Al-Qasab area. That area was heavily damaged and became too dangerous for anyone to be able to go there. Before the crisis, when he was a university student, he used to supervise the workshop after his classes every day, but after his graduation he was employed in a bank. during the war, the bank needed to let go of some of its employees and Razmig lost his job,...


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Car Alternators Shop


Before the crisis my situation was as good as everyone else, I had some savings. During the crisis, I spent them,I used to live in a rented house in Midan, and now I live in a house provided for me by a friend. I’m married, and the provider of my family, my sister, and my mother. My mother has a retirement salary, and my sister started working not long ago. Business is currently not going very well, because of the...


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Metalwork Crafting Workshop


During the crisis I was kidnapped, armed men took me to Edleb then I came out with a settlement. I was shot in the stomach and the Maristes helped me with the recovery costs, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have been able to afford the costs, they also helped in my work-training which I took before applying for this initiative. My wife used to teach in a center but she was discriminated for being Christian and ended up being...


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Plumbing Shop


I have worked in plumbing since 1992, I also worked as a blacksmith for a while but I got injured. Currently, I live with my wife, my daughter, my father and my mother-in-law and I’m the sole provider for the family. Earlier this year my mother passed away, she had a stroke and she was recovering from it in the village, her medicine was unavailable there so we called the doctor and he described another medicine which later turned on to be...


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Manakish Griddle


Before the crisis I used to work with my brothers in mobile-accessories, the business wasn’t so good we ended up with lots of debts so we shut down the shop and that was a huge loss. During war time I worked in a café cleaning tables and waitering, I even sold cookies on the streets; just to provide some money for my family, then I started to sell logs. I was displaced during the war with my family to Mashta al Helou...


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Taxi


Adel is newly married (six months ago) he’s the provider of his wife and his parents. The shop was originally for shoe repairing, but the father suffered from cerebral ischemia and had a brain surgery which caused a trembling in his hands, thus he’s not able to work anymore. Adel had a place that he rented in Al-Medan area, for car repairing, but it was ruined and robbed and the equipment was gone, now he’s working in gas bottling. “I had to sell...


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Photographer


I was displaced from Al-Jalaa area where I used to live, because it became very dangerous due to mortars, to my parents house in Sulemanyah. I worked in several jobs that were not related to my field just to provide an income, but I hope to work in photography again because it is my real passion and it's a profitable job.

Sewing Machine


My husband passed away from a disease and I became the sole provider for the family which has put a very heavy responsibility on my shoulders, I have to compensate for his absence.This work will help me providing well for my children and ensure they have a good life.

Floor Tiling Equipment


Elias’s family refused to leave their only house in Bab Al-Sebaa neighborhood which was exposed to the scourge of war, and they lived with fear and horror every day until the situation has stabilized. Elias works as a floor tiler since 1980, he is the sole responsible for his wife, his daughter and son. 

After all these years of hard work and experience, he didn’t expect that one day he would have to start from scratch. When the war started in...


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Taxi


Hussam paid the heavy price of the vicious war, and like many Syrians, he has a long story to tell!

On the 4th of August 2015, Hussam was heading to his work as usual when he was attacked and kidnapped by  armed men, he remained in captivity for three months until he was freed by an agreement. 

After this incident, he decided to leave Homs with his family; they fled to their home village “Al-Qaryten”, where they stayed for a short period...


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Mobile Phone Maintenance Shop


Anas worked in the field of mobile phone maintenance for three years before the war started in Syria. In 2010, he was called to serve in the army and his service lasted for ten full years.

Adapting to all the changes that happened during those years wasn’t easy at all; Anas found himself without a job and even his previous experience didn’t allow him to start a business as all the technologies he used to deal with were outdated and not...


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Plumbing and Central Heating System Installation


Jamil and his family experienced the horror and brutality of war when they were forced to leave their home village Al-Dwair by force in 2013. And since then, he lives in a rented apartment with his wife and their son in addition to his mother and sister after losing a whole life.

Jamil worked in plumbing besides his wide experience in installing central heating systems, his career started in Syria back in 1994 then he traveled to Lebanon where he worked...


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Mobile Phone and Computer Maintenance Shop


Even though he spent 8 years of his life serving in the army, Bahaa did his best to compensate for all he lost because of the brutal war. He lives with his wife and their two-year-old son in a rented apartment and he is the only provider for his small family. 

His start in the field of mobile phone and computer maintenance was in 2007; he has always loved his job and managed to have great skills within a short period....


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Wall Painting Equipment


Imad is a wall-painter; he started working in this field back in 1984 and has a long experience, gained by working in different countries throughout his long career. He lives with his wife Sahar and their only son Nayef who is a maintenance technician. 

Lately, the equipment he used to work with became completely worn out through the years and he couldn’t renew them due to their high prices. Naturally, his productivity started to decrease and he was forced to rent...


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Mini-Market


At the age of seventeen, Fouad who is the only son of his parents had to leave school when his father, the sole breadwinner, became severely ill and was no longer able to continue working. This small family was living in a rented apartment in Al-Hamidia until the cruel war forced them to flee to a village near Homs called Fairouza. At the beginning of 2012, Fouad found a job in a relief program at a church in Homs; he...


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Lighting Equipment for events


At the age of 20, Tarek started his career in the field of pro-lighting for events and despite his young age, his name became well known in the city of Homs for his special skills within a very short period. 

Buying all the lighting requirements was almost impossible during the post-war period and he used to rent all the needed equipment until the renting costs became very high and he had no other choice but to travel to Lebanon in a...


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Plumbing and Electrical Supplies Shop


Mazen lives with his wife Christine and their three-year-old son Marwan, he works in his “plumbing and electrical supplies shop”, which he opened back in 2013, and he is the sole breadwinner for his family. 

His shop is located in a popular neighborhood, and what helped him to attract many clients, is that he is a helpful person who has always tried to offer some simple maintenance services in the shop besides selling these requirements.

Unfortunately, Mazen’s successful business was affected negatively...


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Dental Clinic


Toni is a dentist; he lives with his father who is a retired government employee, his mother who is a teacher and his two sisters. Being the eldest son in his family, he has always depended on himself and has always tried to stand by his parents.

In 2018, he graduated from the University of Homs; as it is known in Syria, each newly graduated dentist must serve for two years in a rural area by opening a clinic there. Toni...


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Packaging Materials Shop


Firas is the sole provider for his wife Faten, his two sons Suheil (18 years old), Jawad (13 years old) and his only daughter Haneen (9 years old). He worked in his packaging materials' shop for four years then he decided to close the shop and work in distributing these products, everything was going well and his business allowed him to ensure his family a dignified life. 

When the economic situation started to get worse in the country, Firas’s income became...


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Cotton Clothes Shop


“Now my life has begun!” with these words, Tarek described his situation when he had the chance to start a project after serving in the army for 8 years. He is a single man, he lives with his old parents and his younger brother Remon who works in a shop. The two brothers are doing their best to provide for the family.  Tarek worked in a restaurant for a short period then he worked in a battery shop but the...


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